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Case-Bearing Clothes Moth

Tinea pellionella

Appearance

  • Adult — 1/4" long. Dark buff forewings with three faint spots (may appear as two).

  • Larva — up to 3/8" long. Lives in a silken tube, which is usually the colour of the fabric it has been eating.

  • Pupa — formed in the sealed larval case.

Lifecycle

  • Similar to the common clothes moth.

Habits

  • Regular holes made in fabrics.

  • More rare than the Common clothes moth. Check imported goods such as hides or objects of animal origin.